25. The Use of Taphonomy in Forensic Anthropology: Past Trends and Future Prospects

  1. Dennis C. Dirkmaat
  1. Mark O. Beary1 and
  2. R. Lee Lyman2

Published Online: 22 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118255377.ch25

A Companion to Forensic Anthropology

A Companion to Forensic Anthropology

How to Cite

Beary, M. O. and Lyman, R. L. (2012) The Use of Taphonomy in Forensic Anthropology: Past Trends and Future Prospects, in A Companion to Forensic Anthropology (ed D. C. Dirkmaat), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118255377.ch25

Editor Information

  1. University of Pittsburgh, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Mercyhurst College, USA

  2. 2

    University of Washington, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191234

Online ISBN: 9781118255377

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Keywords:

  • taphonomy in forensic anthropology, past and future;
  • taphonomic research, outside of forensic work;
  • paleozoological taphonomy, and forensic taphonomy;
  • taphonomy in criminal investigations;
  • future of forensic taphonomic, and taphonomic studies;
  • temporal differences, ante, peri, postmortem;
  • DNA degradation, under decomposition studies;
  • taphonomic alterations, of episodes of burning;
  • forensic anthropology, bias aspects of taphonomy

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • History of Taphonomy Research

  • Differences between Paleozoological Taphonomy and Forensic Taphonomy

  • Taphonomy in Forensics

  • General Principles and Trends in Forensic Taphonomy

  • The Future of Forensic Taphonomy

  • Conclusion

  • References